On Saturday 19th October 2019, we hosted the .NET Downunder Tour in Sydney. We were very fortunate to host international speakers from Microsoft who were here in Sydney for NDC conference. Not only that we also had talented local speakers who showcased what Sydney has been upto. And this event was completely free, thanks to our sponsors : Microsoft, Telstra Purple, Obiquitech and SustainAbility Consulting.
Here are a few highlights for me:
Talks by some of the best in the industry
Karel Zikmund - .NET Core Engineering Manager
Ryan Nowak - Developer and architect on .NET team
Ryan has worked on Razor, MVC, ASP.NET Core, and Blazor, among other things. Ryan showed us intricacies of routing in .NET core 3.0
James Newton-King - Creator of JSON.NET
David Kean - Developer at Microsoft
David Wengier - Developer on the C#/VB/F# team at Microsoft
Don Syme - Researcher at Microsoft and creator of F#
Drew Noakes - Senior software engineer at Microsoft
Talks by our local speakers
We finished the day with a panel discussion. We explored topics like career advice, mistakes, burnout, interviewing techniques, community involvement etc. We finished the discussion with our favorite section: the rapid fire round. This was not recorded to allow for more open discussion.
Here are some of the questions we explored:
What does career progression look like for someone who always wants to stay close to software? (Do you need to leave software behind to progress to the top?)
What career mistakes has given you one of your biggest lesson?
Have you ever been given career advice that dramatically changed your view on something? What was it?
Have you ever changed your career? What was your background?
When you interview someone, what is it that you look for?
What are the most common reasons you don't hire a candidate?
Rapid Fire - To finish
Local companies sponsoring the event
The event was sponsored by the local companies namely Microsoft, Telstra Purple, Obiquitech and SustainAbility consulting. Thanks to them we could offer free morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and social drinks. We also had a local catering company who had been in business for two weeks, delivering top notch food and service. Check this space. FreshFood.com.au.
We wanted to support remote first and hence the event was live streamed so people could watch it from the comfort of their home. Here is a full recording of the event.
MC'ing the event (Will Ray and Mouna Neelakanta)
We had a blast MC'ing the event. Preparing for the various aspects of the conference starting from opening the day to introducing speakers to running the panel discussion was a lot of fun. We learnt loads along the way.
Awesome organizing crew
It was great to collaborate with the other organizers: Simon Waight, Alec Tucker and Will Ray and our sponsors Tim and Lawrence to create an awesome conference for everyone.
We had a blast but we are also super tired or at least I am. We are off to recover so we that we can organize more awesome events like these in the future. Thanks to our sponsors, speakers, organizers and all the attendees. Until next conference!